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Reports: Moammar Gadhafi Captured or Killed in Libya

An image captured off a cellular phone camera purportedly shows the arrest of Moammar Gadhafi in Sirte on October 20, 2011. PHILIPPE DESMAZES/AFP/Getty Images(TRIPOLI, Libya) -- Ousted Libyan leader Moammar Gadhafi has been killed, rebel leaders said Thursday.

After months on the run, the former dictator was found and shot by rebel fighters in his hometown of Sirte, according to Libya's new ruling body, the National Transitional Council.

Earlier reports said Gadhafi had been captured.

The White House and NATO said they were unable to confirm reports of his death.

Gadhafi's reported capture comes on the same day rebel fighters gained control of Sirte from his loyalists.  The port city was the last remaining Gadhafi stronghold left to fall, paving the way for the NTC to fully establish a new government.

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Captured U.S. Soldier Receives Promotion

Majid Saeedi/Getty Images(WASHINGTON) -- The U.S. Army has announced that captured soldier, Bowe Bergdahl, has been promoted to the rank of sergeant, even as the soldier continues to be held captive by the Taliban.

Bergdahl, 25, was captured June 30, 2009, and has since received two promotions. The first came on June 12, 2010, when he was promoted to the rank of specialist, and then the latest promotion, which military officials say was effective as of June 12, 2011.

Bergdahl was lured from his post in eastern Afghanistan by several Afghan National Army soldiers and then taken by Taliban fighters in a nearby village, according to a senior Pentagon official. Bergdahl was reportedly then moved to Pakistan.

At the time of his capture, Bergdahl was assigned to the 1st Battalion, 501st Parachute Infantry Regiment, 4th Brigade Combat Team, 25th Infantry Division, based at Fort Richardson, Alaska before deploying to Afghanistan. He was promoted to Specialist while in captivity.

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Osama bin Laden Killed

AFP/Getty Images(WASHINGTON) -- Osama bin Laden, the world's most wanted person and the man responsible for the September 11th, 2001 terrorist attacks on the United States, has been killed in a ground attack.

In a statement from the White House just after 11:30 p.m. ET Sunday, President Obama said that a small team, acting on his orders, moved in on a compound in Abbottabad, Pakistan, where bin Laden was believed to have been hiding. The al Qaeda leader was then shot dead by U.S. forces and his body recovered, the president said.

Sources tell ABC News that the identity of the body has been confirmed.

President Obama called the killing of bin Laden the "most significant achievement to date" in the effort to defeat al Qaeda.

"Last August, after years of painstaking work by our intelligence community, I was briefed on a possible lead to Bin Laden," the president said. "It was far from certain. It took many months to run this thread to ground. I met repeatedly with my National Security team as we developed more information about the possibility that we had located Bin Laden hiding within a compound deep inside Pakistan.

The president said that last week he authorized an operation to "to get Osama Bin Laden and bring him to justice."

"A small team of Americans carried out the operation with extraordinary courage and capability," Obama said. Sources told ABC News the attack was carried out by Joint Special Operations Command forces working with the CIA.

"After a firefight, they killed Osama Bin Laden and took custody of his body," Obama said, noting that no Americans were harmed in the operation.

Former President George W. Bush, who led America through the days and years following the September 11th attacks, said that President Obama informed him by phone Sunday that bin Laden had been killed.

"I congratulated him and the men and women of our military and intelligence communities who devoted their lives to this mission," Bush said in a statement Sunday. "They have our everlasting gratitude.  This momentous achievement marks a victory for America, for people who seek peace around the world, and for all those who lost loved ones on September 11, 2001.  The fight against terror goes on, but tonight America has sent an unmistakable message:  No matter how long it takes, justice will be done."

There was "jubilance" throughout the White House Sunday night, ahead of the president's announcement, according to ABC News Senior White House Correspondent Jake Tapper.

Bin Laden, 54, was the leader of the al Qaeda terrorist network that carried out the 9/11 attacks on the World Trade Center, the Pentagon and United Airlines flight 93.  He's also responsible for the 1998 U.S. Embassy bombings at the U.S. embassies in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania and Nairobi, Kenya.  Al Qaeda was also responsible for the attack on the U.S. warship USS Cole on October 12, 2000.

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Taliban Claims to Have Captured 50 Afghan Policemen

Majid Saeedi/Getty Images(KABUL, Afghanistan) -- The Taliban claims to have abducted 50 Afghan policemen in the northeastern part of the country.

It was reported by local officials that a convoy of dozens of unarmed police officers were taken prisoner in Chapa Dara in Kunar province on Saturday.  The men had been returning from another province after collecting their paychecks when they were taken captive by Taliban militants.

It's believed there their lives are in grave danger since their fates will be decided by the Taliban's military council in the area.

However, the last time an incident like this happened, the Taliban released police officers unharmed after the hostages promised not to work for the Afghan government.  This time, there are reports of the group offering to exchange their captives for Taliban prisoners.

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Libya Won't Release Three Captured Dutch Marines

Stockbyte/Thinkstock(TRIPOLI, Libya) -- Libya continues to hold three Dutch marines that its forces captured last weekend while the trio was attempting to evacuate Dutch citizens fleeing the northern part of the country.

As of Friday, the Dutch government was still in the process of negotiating with Libyan officials to win the safe return of its soldiers.

Two civilians who were also taken into custody when the Dutch marines were detained have since been turned over to the Dutch embassy in Tripoli.

Officials from the Dutch government said they have spoken personally to the three marines and they appear to be in good shape.

Libyan authorities are still resisting attempts to release the soldiers while the Dutch defense ministry steps up the already intensive negotiations to win their freedom.

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